Some time between now and Nov. 1, Cole Hamels must submit to the Phillies a 20-team no-trade list for next season, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. The nine teams to which he couldn’t block a trade this season indicate his mindset: both Los Angeles teams, the Yankees and Red Sox, Washington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Texas and San Diego. The first eight were expected to be among the game’s finest. San Diego is his hometown.

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Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began. Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders. ”We’re going to take full advantage.” Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland’s order. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on September 1st, 2014
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The final month of the season offers a chance for redemption for Josh Hamilton of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back from a right thumb injury, and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is putting together a fitting encore to his Cy Young Award season from a year ago. With September in the on-deck circle, here are a couple players to watch in the final weeks of the season and beyond: ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: This has been one strange season for Hamilton, who agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels in December 2012.

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(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 31st, 2014
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The final month of the season offers a chance for redemption for Josh Hamilton of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back from a right thumb injury, and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is putting together a fitting encore to his Cy Young Award season from a year ago. With September in the on-deck circle, here are a couple players to watch in the final weeks of the season and beyond: ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: This has been one strange season for Hamilton, who agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels in December 2012.

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Jered Weaver and Jon Lester both made their big league debuts in 2006. One glaring difference: Lester has two World Series rings, Weaver has none. Friday night marked the first time they have started against each other in the majors, and Weaver outpitched Lester to lead the Los Angeles Angels over Oakland 4-0 and extend their AL West lead over the A’s to three games. Tonight I was just trying to match Lester inning by inning.” A night after the Angels edged the Athletics 4-3 in 10 innings, they won with pitching and power.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 30th, 2014
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John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ”I think that would be most objective and most consistent.” So no more manager challenges?

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Gear up for the stretch run with two-start pitchers and more in our latest weekly fantasy preview.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 29th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Angels celebrated a walk-off win Thursday night in the first game of a big series against the rival Oakland Athletics. Albert Pujols scored in the 10th inning on a Howie Kendrick sac fly, giving the Angels a 4-3 win and making them the first team in MLB to 80 wins. The win, however, didn’t come without controversy. In the ninth inning, with the score tied 3-3, Erick Aybar led off the inning and chopped a ball down the first-base line. A’s pitcher Dan Otero and first baseman Brandon Moss both went to field it. Otero caught the ball and Aybar ran straight into him. Aybar fell to the ground and a few seconds later home-plate umpire Greg Gibson awarded him first base. The call? Obstruction. It was a bit baffling, definitely not the type of you play you see often. A’s manager Bob Melvin fumed and immediately protested the game. His logic seemed to hold up. Otero had the ball and wasn’t blocking the baseline. Aybar, actually, if you watch closely, changed directions and ran inside the baseline, into play — sort of like a basketball player flopping for a foul call. 

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When the Oakland Athletics optioned first baseman Nate Freiman to Class A Beloit on Wednesday, it was with the understanding that Freiman will return soon, perhaps as early as Sept. 1 when major league rosters expand to 40 players. The Athletics needed to make room for left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Freiman was a logical choice to be sent down, with Oakland carrying just 11 pitchers and ample infield depth. Stephen Vogt, Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss are all capable options at first base.

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